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1. Overview of the Collection



McCain Library and Archives, The University of Southern Mississippi


Reagan L. Grimsley

Collection Number


Collection Title

Grimsley (Reagan L.) Research Collection


.75 Cubic Feet





Collection Status

Fully Reviewed


Reagan Grimsley has written numerous archival and historical articles.  He is also the author of Enriching Lives: A Pictorial History of Columbus State University and Hattiesburg in Vintage Postcards.


2. Subjects

Hattiesburg in Vintage Postcards

Sumrall First Baptist Church

Ellisville, Mississippi

Gulf and Ship Island Railroad Company

Mississippi Central Railroad Company

William H. Hardy

Southern Institute of Forest Genetics

Hurricane Georges


3. Biographical/Historical Note

Reagan Grimsley is an archivist who has employment experience as an Archivist at Columbus State University, Special Collections Librarian at Pikeville University, and Assistant Professor and Archival Program Officer at Auburn University.  He graduated from Sumrall High School in 1988.  Grimsley attended the University of Southern Mississippi where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in history as well as a Master of Arts and Master of Library and Information Science degree.  His book Hattiesburg in Vintage Postcards was published in 2004.  This book contains images of many historic sights and scenes of both Hattiesburg and south Mississippi.  Grimsley also wrote A One Hundred Year History of Baptist Church, Sumrall MS.  Grimsley’s research also includes forestry history in both Mississippi and the southern United States.


4. Scope and Content Note

The collection contains materials related to south Mississippi, Hattiesburg in Vintage Postcards, Sumrall First Baptist Church History, and forestry in the southern United States. The collection contains one photograph.


5. Arrangement

The materials in the collection were organized by subject, grouping items by organization when possible (Hattiesburg in Vintage Postcards, Sumrall First Baptist Church, etc.). 



6. Related Material

Related collections at the University of Southern Mississippi include:


7. Administrative Information



Donated by Reagan L. Grimsley in 2005.

Use Restrictions

This collection may be protected from unauthorized copying by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code). Reproduction of original materials may be provided for a fee and at the discretion of the curator. Provision of photocopies or digital reproductions does not constitute permission to publish, distribute, provide internet access to, or otherwise display images of materials in this collection. Copyright is retained by the lawful copyright holder, and it is the responsibility of the permission seeker to contact and secure permission from the copyright holder. Where copyright permission is not granted, images are only for use in private study subject to the Fair Use exceptions made in U.S. Copyright Law.

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research use.

Preferred Citation Method

In citing these materials, the following information should be included:

Item, title of collection, McCain Library and Archives, The University of

Southern Mississippi.

Processing Information

Collection processed and finding aid written by Brandon Ball, January 2014.


Contents of the collection.

Collection case file.

Faculty page at


8. Container List


Box 1

Folder 1           Grimsley, Reagan: Biographical Materials 1987-2001

Folder 2           Grimsley, Reagan: Publications (Journal Articles/Reviews) 2004-2005

Folder 3           Hattiesburg in Vintage Postcards: Final Text ca. 2000s

Folder 4           Hattiesburg in Vintage Postcards: Arcadia Press – Proposal and Correspondence 2004

Folder 5           Hattiesburg in Vintage Postcards: Public Relations 2004-2005

Folder 6           Hattiesburg in Vintage Postcards: Proofs 2004

Folder 7           Hattiesburg in Vintage Postcards: Flyer ca. 2000s

Folder 8           Sumrall First Baptist Church: A One Hundred Year History of First Baptist Church, Sumrall, MS by Reagan L. Grimsley 2005

Folder 9           Sumrall First Baptist Church History: Text and CD-R 2005

Folder 10         Sumrall First Baptist Church: Photocopied Maps 1925; ca. 2000s

Folder 11         Sumrall First Baptist Church: Miscellaneous Records 1906-2005

Folder 12         Sumrall First Baptist Church History: Daniel Sumrall 2005

Folder 13         Sumrall Military Baptist Church History 2004

Folder 14         Chicago Motor Club Route Cards undated

Folder 15         Pamphlet: “Masonite: A Souvenir of the 1934 World’s Fair” 1934

Folder 16         Ellisville, Mississippi Coloring Book 1990

Folder 17         Gulf and Ship Island Railroad Company: Stock Certificate undated

Folder 18         Beauvoir: Jefferson Davis Presidential Library Dedication Ceremony 1998

Folder 19         American Graduate: E-Journal of Social and Cultural History undated

Folder 20         J.H. Miner Saw Manufacturing Co. Inc. 1917

Folder 21         Hardy, William H.: Genealogical Information undated

Folder 22         Mississippi Central Railroad Engine 1932


Box 2

Folder 1           Harrison Experimental Forest History, By Reagan L. Grimsley 1998

Folder 2           Southern Institute of Forest Genetics: Technical Advisory Visit undated

Folder 3           Southern Institute of Forest Genetics: Website, Employees, Brief History 1999

Folder 4           Southern Research Station: Work Unit Description for Southern Institute of Forest Genetics ca. 1998

Folder 5           “A Forestry Revolution: The History of Tree Improvement in the Southern United States” by Bruce J. Zobel undated

Folder 6           “A Biassed History of the Southern Forest Experiment Station Through Fiscal Year 1933” by Philip C. Wakeley 1964

Folder 7           “Hurricane Georges Causes Widespread Damage to Experimental Forest” 1998

Folder 8           “Pathologists and the Harrison Forest” by Arthur F. Verrall 1998

Folder 9           “A History of Forest Pathology Research in the South and Southeast” by Arthur F. Verrall 1982




9.  Item List

Photograph Log











Mississippi Central Railroad Engine

4 x 6

B & W




10. Publication  Information



The University of Southern Mississippi Libraries, Special Collections


Physical Address

The University of Southern Mississippi Libraries

McCain Library & Archives

118 College Drive #5148

Hattiesburg, MS 39406-5148

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Revision Date

Last revised: 2014 January


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118 College Drive #5148   Hattiesburg, MS 39406-5148